Manuscript

British Library, Sloane MS 4016

Codicology

Produced: Lombardy, Italy, ca 1440
Current Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Manuscript Type: Herbal
Language: Italian
Folios: 108
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Script: Gothic
Dimensions: Height: 36 cm Width: 25.5 cm
Folio 55r

Description

An herbal (book of plants). Full-page miniatures on each folio of plants in colors, mostly in greens and browns, with captions, and often accompanied by small illustrations of animals, each with a label. Several of the animals pictured show attributes from Physiologus or bestiary descriptions. The animal images appear to have been painted before the plant images; in some cases the plant is painted over the animal. The animals are mostly drawn realistically, though some are very odd.

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